SOURCE: Hampson Industries PLC

Hampson Industries PLC

June 17, 2011 19:08 ET

Hampson Aerospace's Texstars Division Ships 75,000th Transparent Armor Window

TAGS - Transparent Armor Gun Shield Protects Gun Turret Gunners in Wide Variety of Military Vehicles

PARIS--(Marketwire - Jun 17, 2011) - PARIS AIR SHOW, Hall 2b, Stand F155-- Hampson Aerospace Aerostructures & Composites, a division of Hampson Aerospace (Hampson), announced that it has shipped its 75,000th Transparent Armor Gun Shield (TAGS) window. As part of an armored gun turret enclosure, the TAGS kits that include transparent armor windows from Hampson are installed and deployed on a wide variety of military vehicles, such as Humvee, Bradley Fighting Vehicle and Stryker Mobile Gun System as well as on the M-1 Abrams and Paladin.

Hampson Aerospace will be showcasing its Global capabilities at the Paris Air Show Hall 2b, Stand F155 June 20-26, 2011 in Le Bourget, France.

"The transparent armor windows, as part of the TAGS kits, are a vital protective device for our service men and women," commented company President Chris Gould. "Their true value lies in the number of lives they've saved. As a US-based manufacturer, we are proud to play a part in protecting US military personnel and deeply humbled when we receive word from our customer that soldiers' lives have been saved."

When TAGS was introduced in 2003, it was a tactical safety add-on apparatus that was installed in-theater and eventually became standard equipment for virtually all new military armored vehicles that include gun turret systems. They were immediately put to the test in Iraq and Afghanistan and they instantly provided an extra margin of safety for US and allied troops from situational enemy fire.

In addition to ballistic protection, TAGS windows are Night Vision Goggle-compatible and provide superior optical characteristics. TAGS windows are produced using a Hampson proprietary construction of laminated glass with polycarbonate spall plies that absorb the energy from standard-issue small arms fire. They provide an added degree of battlefield awareness that could mean the difference between life or death and Hampson is proud that there have been zero failures reported in the field in the life of the program.

Hampson also is a leading manufacturer of military aircraft transparencies and aerospace composites. They have a variety of additional manufacturing capabilities for both military and commercial markets that include VARTM, autoclave processing, injection molding, vacuum forming and blow molding. Their customers include numerous prime aerospace and defense contractors, the U.S. Government, aircraft OEMs and mass transit railcar OEMs.

Hampson Aerospace is a division of parent company Hampson Industries PLC - Hampson Industries PLC is the world leader in the design and manufacture of close-tolerance tooling and assembly systems, as well as holding leading positions for composite and metallic components and aerostructures. The Group's end-to-end solution for its customers from engineering and project management through manufacturing and logistics has lead to numerous customer awards. With global operations, Hampson Aerospace serves the commercial and military aerospace markets from 12 facilities in the US, UK, and India.

Hampson Industries PLC is listed on the main market of the London Stock Exchange (LSE: HAMP). For more information, visit: www.hampsongroup.com.

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